As you go about your day, what do you find yourself getting hung up on?
Is it your form? Do you find yourself constantly worrying about how you look? Are you beautiful or ugly, is that blemish too noticeable? Too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, feeling strong or feeling weak; what are you hung up on?
Are you stuck on your feelings? Do you find yourself running away from pain, doubt or sadness? Do you chase after things that make you feel good, or experiences that are thrilling and exciting? If you don't feel just right, how does it affect your day?
Are you holding onto your own perception? Do you stick to your version of right and wrong, playing out storylines and arguments in your head? Is your perspective the best perspective? Does others perception of you determine how you feel about your status or respect? What happens when you think you are about to lose control?
Are you caught up in various mental formations? Are your ideas, stories, and opinions really important? Do you rigidly hold to your beliefs or philosophy? Are there memories that come up in your head day and night that you cannot escape?
Maybe you don't hold onto any of those and you are certain of who you are. I know who I am, and yet who I am? I experience the world through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, do I chase after any of those? Surely.
We hold onto many things throughout the day, chasing after many more. All of those constitute our experience and who we are, but we are none of those things. They are the nuts and bolts, the beams and rafters, yet we are none of those things.
If we are none of those things and yet they make up all that we are, then what are we?